An example of deploy is a platoon of Marines being sent out to battle.
- to spread out (troops, etc.) so as to form a wider front
- to station or place (forces, equipment, etc.) in accordance with a plan
- to spread out or bring into position, lit. or fig., for use, action, etc.
Origin of deployFrench déployer, to unfold, display ; from Old French desployer, to unfold ; from Classical Latin displicare, to scatter (in ML, to unfold): see display
verbde·ployed, de·ploy·ing, de·ploys
- a. To position (troops) in readiness for combat, as along a front or line.b. To bring (forces or material) into action.c. To base (a weapons system) in the field.
- To distribute (persons or forces) systematically or strategically.
- To put into use or action: “Samuel Beckett's friends suspected that he was a genius, yet no one knew &ellipsis; how his abilities would be deployed” (Richard Ellmann).
Origin of deployFrench déployer, from Old French despleier, from Latin displicare, to scatter : dis-, dis- + plicare, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present deploys, present participle deploying, simple past and past participle deployed)
- To prepare and arrange (usually military unit or units) for use.
- "Deploy two units of infantry along the enemy's flank," the general ordered.
- (intransitive) To unfold, open, or otherwise become ready for use.
- He waited tensely for his parachute to deploy.
- (computing) to install, test and implement a computer system or application.
- The process for the deployment scenario includes: building a master installation of the operating system, creating its image and deploying the image onto a destination computer.
- (military, dated) deployment